We’re not used to having someone do all the ground work for us, but we’re fast learning to enjoy it! Our day trip with Erika, our local expert, introduced us to the sights, the sounds, the tastes, and the past, present, and future of her country and beloved city.
A few quick points:
*Trolleys are numbered from 70 onward because they were introduced on Stalin’s birthday.
*in communist times, when Stalin’s name was mentioned on the street, people stopped and applauded. The main statue of Stalin is now cut up in pieces and others are gathered into a park.
*erika grew up in communist times, and as she put it, ” If you’ve never eaten cake, you don’t know what it is. We never knew what the rest of the world had, so we never missed it. “. Even now, she told us, she had difficulty going into a mall because there’s just too much.
Views from the parapets. Beautiful Budapest!!
Erika told us a story about strudel dough and how the young girls needed to learn to make it with no holes or else they wouldn’t me able to marry !
A rest, a regroup, and next up, the most beautiful cafe in the world.